Tracking and Tracing Tobacco Supply Chain

Expectations of the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD)

Low costs of production and high levels of demand make illicit cigarettes one of the world’s most trafficked illegal goods. By May 2019, every business involved in the tobacco supply chain is requested to transform the way they track and report on products.

The Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) sets new expectations for how the supply chain tackles issues of public health and illegal tobacco products.

Whether you’re in distribution, wholesale, retail or logistics, the changes will affect you. In times that fraudulent products are more present than ever before, barcodes could potentially provide more safety in an economic and efficient way. This is why the latest version of DotCode was released by in July 2019.

DotCode is a two-dimensional matrix symbology that is composed of dots that are arranged in a specified rectangular array. One of its major is that the code can be applied at a speed of more than 1,000 codes per second, and less requirement for printed space . This offers potential to other markets such as the beverage, distribution and e-commerce industry.

As tobacco products pass through the supply chain, the unique 2D IDs must be maintained throughout and a data scan completed at every check point. Hardware must be able to read 2D dotcodes (or data matrix) that are applied to each individual pack, no matter the condition of the packaging. The hardware must simultaneously be compatible with software, applications and utilities used to comply with the TPD and conduct other day-to-day manufacturing, warehousing, transportation and distribution operations.

Karls Tech has successfully integrated these regulations into the new launched models of wearable ring scanners, to address the most challenging scanning needs, including all the symbology required by TPD.

Karls Tech provides hands-free mobile solutions for article tracking and tracing in Tabaco logistics which help you to improve significantly working efficiencies. Smarter automation and barcode reading systems means fewer operation errors, which equates to lower handling costs and higher customer satisfaction.

Hardware Options

  • R5000BT-51C, standard 2D ring barcode scanner
  • R5000BT-5MQ, medium range (~4m) 2D ring barcode scanner
  • Data terminals (mobile phones, smart watch)
  • Accessories include hosting armband, wireless charging pad and dockstation, Bluetooth adapter, etc.